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Spring cleaning – Hundreds spread across Lansing for annual Clean-Up Day


LANSING, Ill. (April 20, 2024) – Hundreds of local residents spread across Lansing to pick up trash Saturday morning as part of Lansing’s 15th annual Community Clean-up Day.

In the bright sunshine, volunteers started at Fox Pointe, where they received their assigned areas and trash bags. Litter gatherers spread throughout town, including locations near Winterhoff Park, alleys near Torrence Avenue, vacant land near the Masonic Lodge, ditches near the interstate, and Schultz Park.

After a couple hours of gathering trash from around town, volunteers met at Fox Pointe for a Village-sponsored barbecue lunch.

Photos of Clean-Up Day 2024

Clean-Up Day
Girl Scout Daisy Troop 10086 gathers litter at Schultz Park in Lansing. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Clean-Up Day
This little helper was well-bundled for the day. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Andrea Saavedra (left) and Kenzee Stahl were part of the Girl Scout group at Schultz Park. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Memorial Jr. High students clean up around a new Fox Pointe parking lot. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
A Memorial student picks up a piece of trash near the new Fox Pointe parking lot along Roy Street. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
The group from Memorial comprised members of the National Jr. Honor Society, candidates for the society, and student council members. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Memorial students gather litter at Winterhoff Park in Lansing. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
A Memorial Junior High School picks up a piece of trash in the Winterhoff Park field. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Village of Lansing Trustee Micaela Smith picks litter out of the fence along Oak Glen Lutheran Cemetery. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Cathy Hardy (left) and Barb Dust found this mystery item while cleaning. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
From left: Micaela Smith, Cathy Hardy, and Valerie McDaniels pick up litter in the alley near Oak Glen Lutheran Cemetery. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Stephanie L Green of the Order of the Eastern Star pauses to chat while picking up litter behind the Masonic Lodge and Dunkin’. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Members of the Arcadia Palace Lodge No. 765 and members of the Order of the Eastern Star paused their work for a photo. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Members of the Arcadia Palace Lodge No. 765 collect trash behind their building at 17741 Torrence. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Evidence of trash-gathering efforts could be seen near the Kenneth Novak Memorial in Lansing, at the intersection of 172nd Street and Arcadia Avenue. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Endy Salome (left) and Andrew Holmes pick trash out of the ditch on Bernice Avenue near the interstate. Salome said she works for a non-profit and is “always looking for opportunities to serve.” (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
A trash-collector picks up some litter from the green grass near the interstate on Bernice Avenue. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
A group from Michael Foods picks up litter on Bernice Avenue near the interstate. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
This little supervisor oversaw the picking of trash out of a drain on Bernice Avenue near the interstate. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
The full Michael Foods crew. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


  1. Great organization of this annual Lansing clean up. The comraderie was heartwarming. Such a shame seeing so much litter especially discarded liquor bottles and cans along frontage roads. To think..people are driving intoxicated without any regard for the environment or others.

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